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Mark Zuckerberg Rebuffs ‘America First’

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Mark Zuckerberg announces the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to "cure, prevent or manage all disease" by the end of the century during a news conference at UCSF Mission Bay in San Francisco, California, U.S. September 21, 2016.

Facebook creator and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday posted a lengthy note rebuking the isolationist “America First” sentiment, and touted the merits of globalization and a “global community” working for innovation and progress. Discouraged by the underlying suspicion of foreign entities, as seen during the 2016 election and the rise of President Trump, Zuckerberg wrote that he wants to refocus Facebook on helping people come together across borders. “We have to build a global community that works for everyone. I really don’t have much doubt that this is the right direction to go in the long term.” Part of his goal, he wrote, is to make Facebook a global community that is supportive, safe, informed, civically engaged, and inclusive.